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Stool processing for FMT may affect efficacy, study says

Fecal microbiota transplantation must contain viable bacteria at the time of transplantation to be effective, researcher Lito Papanicolas told an American Society for Microbiology conference. A study she and colleagues conducted on stool samples found that even when they were processed for FMT use under optimum conditions, an average of more than 50% of the total bacterial content was nonviable, which could have implications for clinical efficacy.

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